The Queens Park Rangers front-man would have gone down a storm at Newcastle United.
Newcastle United made a number of new signings in the summer, but what linked them all was their lack of Premier League experience, and in hindsight, not making a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin could well be the Magpies’ biggest regret of the summer.
According to a report from Chronicle Live back in September, Newcastle were approached by an agent who claimed to represent QPR and put an offer on the table that would see Austin move to St James’ Park in exchange for cash and Rolando Aarons.
How true that is remains to be seen, but the same newspaper has claimed more recently that Newcastle are continuing to monitor Austin in the belief that his price-tag will be lowered in January.
But here’s the thing: Newcastle are bottom of the league, with just three points from their first eight matches, and in hindsight, moving for Austin in the summer now seems like a no-brainer.
The player may have been valued at around £15million with just a year left on his current contract, but he had just scored 18 goals in 35 Premier League matches, and that is exactly the kind of form Newcastle could do with now.
Austin has netted six times in nine matches for QPR this season in the Championship and while Newcastle may have had reservations about the player’s price, it will cost them a lot more if they ultimately lose their top flight status.